Happy Feast of the Guardian Angels! How blessed we are that God has given us each a guardian angel who never leaves us for one moment–even when our actions displease our angel. And no, our guardian angels don’t leave us when we grow up, as if we should need less help against the forces of evil the further along our road to holiness. So, take a moment to thank God for your guardian angel, and thank your angel for all the help and graces God has seen fit to convey you through this angel.
In today’s materialistic world, such a feast strikes many as superstitious. Anything touching upon the supernatural, whether souls, ghosts, miracles, the saints, the sacraments, or even God, is usually treated with distrust or contempt. Sometimes, these responses are quite healthy. After all, even though the Church herself approves certain events as miracles, she only requires us to believe the miracles of Scripture as articles of faith. I am reminded of a Father Brown story where our hero is presumed dead and then rises back to life in the midst of his own funeral. As the people rejoice over a miracle, Father Brown declares that miracles are not so cheap. Hurrying to a phone, Father Brown rapidly explains to his bishop how a criminal drugged him so that he would appear dead and awaken during his funeral.